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"V-Day" in Amherst (The continued sexualization of minors)
Men's News Daily ^ | 12/28/03 | Isabel Lyman

Posted on 12/29/2003 3:52:39 PM PST by AnnaZ


"V-Day" in Amherst

December 28, 2003


by Isabel Lyman

Sexualizing minors, in the name of art, has found a niche in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Last week the college town was abuzz after learning that The Vagina Monologues will be performed at the Amherst Regional High School in February with the approval of the school committee and the superintendent, Jere Hochman. According to the Amherst Bulletin, Hochman chirped, "We hope that there are ways for our students to find their voice in their years with us."

As part of a global campaign, students and staff at the school will stage the work of contentious playwright Eve Ensler on V-Day (Valentine's Day) at the close of 'violence against women' week. Proceeds from the presentation, reported the Bulletin, will be doled out to a local women's shelter. Extracting from interviews she conducted with over 200 femmes, Ensler created a series of edgy soliloquies and dialogues that are "a celebration of female sexuality." But "celebration" is merely a misleading way to say "overkill." Promotional material for the book edition notes that the word "vagina" is used over a hundred times.

Ensler's play has been featured -- sometimes with famous actresses -- all over the United States and at hundreds of college campuses. Last year an audience at Amherst College was treated to this feminist bacchanal, and one brave soul publicly complained. Writing in the student newspaper, Andrew Moin was stunned by a scene which "consisted of descriptions" of a teen-aged girl having sex with an older woman. He wasn't too impressed, either, with the scene that was titled "If Men Could Menstruate."

Poor guy. He, at least, attended to gain a better understanding of "gender relations." But who could be inspired by explicit speeches that sound more appropriate for a gynecologist's office? Consider this portion of the 'monologues':

"I come from the 'down there' generation. That is, those were the words-spoken rarely and in a hushed voice that the women in my family used to refer to all female genitalia, internal or external. It wasn't that they were ignorant of terms like vagina, labia, vulva, or clitoris. On the contrary, they were trained to be teachers and probably had more access to information than most."

Real educators, those with half a brain and a measure of discernment, would not want their adolescent students mouthing that embarrassing drivel or listening to it. But the airheads who run this school system are not unlike Michael Jackson. They have distinguished themselves by consistently showing bad judgment while in the company of children.

This is not the first time, either, that a school play has been controversial in Amherst. In 1999 a never-ending debate occurred over West Side Story because the musical, according to critics, unfavorably stereotyped Latinos. Larry Kelley, who organized a rally on the Amherst Town Common in support of the Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim classic, is perplexed with the current theatrical choice.

"Amherst Regional High School Committee became the only ruling authority in history to cancel a production of West Side Story because a distinct minority in town thought it was racist. Yet they embrace allowing young teenagers -- who could not get into an R-rated movie without a parent or guardian -- to revel in sexually-explicit material," stated Kelley.

Get the Orwellian logic, Larry? It's cutting-edge to offend the sensibilities of traditional Americans, but it's declasse to offend La Raza-indoctrinated Hispanics.

It's also not the first time that sex-n-art have caused an academic rumpus.

In 1996, Amherst school officials decided to display a photo-text exhibit in the elementary schools titled "Love Makes A Family: Living in Lesbian and Gay Families." David Keenan, a father of five, joined several families in a legal action to bar the exhibit from being shown.

The legal challenge was unsuccessful, but Keenan remains glad he took a stand. "I opposed the exhibit, because it was not appropriate for the age group or the mission of public education."

Long time observers of one of the country's wackiest liberal communities wonder if the mission of public education in the People's Republic of Amherst isn't to sexualize vulnerable youngsters. If so, the shameless adults running the schools are a threat to national security and qualify as enemy combatants. Ship 'em to Guantanamo? Not a bad idea.

Izzy Lyman


Izzy Lyman is the author of The Homeschooling Revolution and operator of Icky's Blog. She can be reached at ilyman7449@aol.com.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: amherst; education; governmentschools; homosexualagenda; izzylyman; pedophile; perversion; perverts; publicschool; publicschools; schools; socialism; thearts; vagina; vaginamonologues

1 posted on 12/29/2003 3:52:39 PM PST by AnnaZ
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To: RaceBannon
Izzy Lyman ping.

2 posted on 12/29/2003 3:53:40 PM PST by AnnaZ ("And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God..." ~Romans 8:28a~)
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To: AnnaZ
Ah, yes, now the NEA rabble wants to show your 14-year-old daughter that her beaver has feelings, too.

Someone ping me when the next civil war's about to start.

3 posted on 12/29/2003 3:57:39 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: Viking2002
Yeah, I can't wait to see the feminist version of "Leave it to Beaver."
4 posted on 12/29/2003 4:18:58 PM PST by Enterprise
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To: Viking2002
ping
5 posted on 12/29/2003 4:19:26 PM PST by thoughtomator ("I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid"-Qadafi)
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To: AnnaZ
As part of a global campaign, students and staff at the school will stage the work of contentious playwright Eve Ensler

Contentious? More like pretentious.

6 posted on 12/29/2003 4:19:58 PM PST by Prime Choice (Americans are a spiritual people. We're happy to help members of al Qaeda meet God.)
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To: AnnaZ
Don't worry. Within a few years, after the supreme court forces homo marriage on our republic we'll have kidnergarten teachers asking johnny if he wants to marry a man when he grows up. No problem.
7 posted on 12/29/2003 4:22:52 PM PST by Jacquerie (Democrats soil the institutions they control)
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To: AnnaZ
"We hope that there are ways for our students to find their voice in their years with us."

Well, I wonder if a teenaged boy asked a girl in the school if it's true that girls have talking vaginas if he would be booted for sexual harassment. Nah.

8 posted on 12/29/2003 4:28:46 PM PST by Enterprise
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To: Jacquerie
Just like white males are bashed, in coming years heterosexuals will start to be demonized for their beliefs, when gays gain enough influence.

It has been the logical progression of leftist crusades in the last 30 years.
9 posted on 12/29/2003 4:33:06 PM PST by At _War_With_Liberals (Illegal Immigration/Amnesty- The administrations' War on Middle Class Republicans)
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To: Jacquerie
Within a few years, after the supreme court forces homo marriage on our republic

Just think, in the brave new world of the left, a straight man/woman could be charged with a hate crime, if he/she refuses a homosexual's asking him/her out on a date.

10 posted on 12/29/2003 4:35:05 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: At _War_With_Liberals
Naively, I didn't think that I would live to see the level of hatred directed at Christianity. The left has taken over much of academia, almost all of the arts, and almost all of the entertainment industry. Some people say that the entertainment industry is irrelevant, but it isn't. Sadly, it has an influence on our society.
11 posted on 12/29/2003 4:39:26 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: Paul Atreides
I agree. So many of our institutions have been corrupted... It's sad. My frame of reference is 80's-present, and have we fallen or what?
12 posted on 12/29/2003 4:43:21 PM PST by At _War_With_Liberals (Illegal Immigration/Amnesty- The administrations' War on Middle Class Republicans)
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To: Viking2002
Maybe someone could do a short stage version of Portnoy's Complaint.
13 posted on 12/29/2003 4:43:23 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: AnnaZ
Every time I hear anything about Amherst, it is bad (the UN flag flying over the Commons, the anti-Patriot-Act Resolution, the diversity council at the college). The only good thing about the town is Ted Herzberg, and he'll be graduating in June.
14 posted on 12/29/2003 4:46:54 PM PST by firebrand
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To: At _War_With_Liberals
Fallen, indeed.
15 posted on 12/29/2003 4:54:26 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: AnnaZ
All right, Izzy ( who is a lovely and lively lady)!! Great article!
16 posted on 12/29/2003 5:09:26 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: thoughtomator
Hup - let me lock and load.....
17 posted on 12/29/2003 5:11:29 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: AnnaZ
My firm, last year, bought tickets to a production of this play, which was being done as a fund-raiser for a home for unwed mothers. When one of the partners asked me if I would like to go I told him I didn't think we could spare enough time for me to tell him how very many, many problems I had with the whole thing.

I was offended, I should have sued.
18 posted on 12/29/2003 5:20:26 PM PST by jocon307 (The dems don't get it, the American people do!)
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To: Viking2002

Someone ping me when the next civil war's about to start.

I hate to say it but... LOL!


19 posted on 12/29/2003 5:23:09 PM PST by AnnaZ ("And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God..." ~Romans 8:28a~)
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To: AnnaZ; 54-46 Was My Number; AdrianSpidle; agitator; AHAB; airforce19811985; albertp; ...
Mass Ping
20 posted on 12/29/2003 5:25:03 PM PST by Little Bill (The WOGS start at Calais.)
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To: Paul Atreides
Just think, in the brave new world of the left, a straight man/woman could be charged with a hate crime, if he/she refuses a homosexual's asking him/her out on a date.

Hi Paul...A polite "NO' should suffice, but if not, a swift, sharp blow to the jaw would work. If that fails, scream "RAPE!" and ask for police protection.

I grow weary of this bull-shit....as I said earlier on FR, gird up and put on the Full Armor....Nothing else will do.

FMCDH

21 posted on 12/29/2003 5:26:43 PM PST by nothingnew (The pendulum is swinging and the Rats are in the pit!)
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To: Prime Choice
Triple-bag hurl alert: http://www.vday.org/contents/vday/press/media/021226

22 posted on 12/29/2003 5:29:17 PM PST by AnnaZ ("And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God..." ~Romans 8:28a~)
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To: AnnaZ
Triple-bag hurl alert: http://www.vday.org/contents/vday/press/media/021226

Yeesh! How can these...creatures...be claiming to "raise consciousness" when all they do is dive for the 'nads?

Better living through obsessiveness and promiscuity? I think not.

23 posted on 12/29/2003 5:34:06 PM PST by Prime Choice (Americans are a spiritual people. We're happy to help members of al Qaeda meet God.)
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To: Enterprise
Yeah, I can't wait to see the feminist version of "Leave it to Beaver."

Careful. I'm sure these weirdos will find some way or another to have that show banned, arguing that "Beaver Cleaver" will only serve to give maladjusted misogynists violent ideas.

I've seen 'em do dumber things.

24 posted on 12/29/2003 5:37:23 PM PST by Prime Choice (Americans are a spiritual people. We're happy to help members of al Qaeda meet God.)
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To: firebrand
I met Ted at a FReep in Amherst a couple of years ago, very nice young man. Don't forget Izzy Lyman and the Kelley's, fighting for FReedom in that Island of Unreality
25 posted on 12/29/2003 5:39:07 PM PST by Little Bill (The WOGS start at Calais.)
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To: jocon307
My firm, last year, bought tickets to a production of this play, which was being done as a fund-raiser for a home for unwed mothers.

All the productions here have been done for the benefit of an abortion clinic. I can't believe the author would have allowed one for the benefit of women who wanted to be mothers.

26 posted on 12/29/2003 5:42:07 PM PST by madprof98
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To: Viking2002
Someone ping me when the next civil war's about to start.

*ahem* *setting the key*

( ( ( (  P I N G  ) ) ) )

27 posted on 12/29/2003 5:43:23 PM PST by Prime Choice (Americans are a spiritual people. We're happy to help members of al Qaeda meet God.)
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To: AnnaZ
"I come from the 'down there' generation. (Ensler says] That is, those were the words-spoken rarely and in a hushed voice that the women in my family used to refer to all female genitalia, internal or external.

Yeah, well I come from the 'shut your potty mouth you ugly skank, I'm sick of you' generation.

28 posted on 12/29/2003 5:45:50 PM PST by vikingchick
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To: AnnaZ
-Sigh. Amherst is sooooo predictable.
29 posted on 12/29/2003 6:36:34 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Uday and Qusay are ead-day)
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To: Little Bill
Nothing unusual for these socialists in Amherst.
30 posted on 12/29/2003 7:04:58 PM PST by eternity (From here to...)
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To: Little Bill; At _War_With_Liberals
Thanks LB for the ping.
Whatever happened to wholesome entertainment?
A year ago I went to see my niece in a play, The Crucible. Man! that was evil, depressing and just plain horrid! And it just went on and on! I left before the end at 11 pm.
I couldn't figure it out. Who was trying to tell what to these poor vulnerable high school kids? No moral guidance from the administration whatsoever in choosing this one, or the VM in Amherst for that matter!
Sadly, this is the parade that is leading them straight to hell, their ultimate destination, the blind leading the blind, the true "logical progression of leftist crusades in the last 30 years.
I'm doing all I can to help, I work with and pray for high school kids, but the evil tide is so pervasive nowadays!
31 posted on 12/29/2003 8:47:45 PM PST by ThirstyMan
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To: madprof98
Well mad, I'm not 100% sure permission was sought or granted, but it was done. Thanks for helping to find a silver lining to a ridiculous cloud!
32 posted on 12/29/2003 9:19:22 PM PST by jocon307 (The dems don't get it, the American people do!)
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To: AnnaZ; *Homosexual Agenda; little jeremiah
Long time observers of one of the country's wackiest liberal communities wonder if the mission of public education in the People's Republic of Amherst isn't to sexualize vulnerable youngsters.

Of course it is.
Like "gateway" drugs are the doorway to the hard stuff, so the public schools are the gateway to full-blown perversion. Mission: Tear down the "constricting" influence of parents and outmoded, closed-minded thinking and replace it with libertinism and questioning of authority. Confuse children regarding natural sexuality and gender roles. Encourage "experimentation" in unnatural sex practices. Violate their precious innocence.


33 posted on 12/30/2003 12:36:34 AM PST by ppaul
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To: ppaul
Like "gateway" drugs are the doorway to the hard stuff, so the public schools are the gateway to full-blown perversion.

While I think the production of this play by highschoolers is as ridiculous as the next Freeper, I think your overblown analogy is even worse. Public schools are hardly the gateway to "full-blown perversion." They may not be great, they may not be the best form of schooling we could possibly give our children, but plenty of public school children grow up to be just fine.

Also, the "gateway" theory w/r/t drug usage has been proved bunk since oh, about 1937 . . .


34 posted on 12/30/2003 5:25:49 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: *Homosexual Agenda; EdReform; scripter; GrandMoM; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; ...
Homosexual Agenda ping list - don't have time to read these articles until tonight...
Let me know if you etc etc.....

jeremiah the small
35 posted on 12/30/2003 11:14:37 AM PST by little jeremiah
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To: AnnaZ
Ithica Amherst is the city of evil.

Seriously, this sexualization of minors is sick, sick, sick. Just because MTV and Ambercrombie & Fitch do it doesn't make it fair ground for the public schools.

36 posted on 12/30/2003 11:39:53 AM PST by Stultis
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To: Enterprise
Yeah, I can't wait to see the feminist version of "Leave it to Beaver."

I hear the casting is going well, assuming production doesn't conflict with "Ward Cleaver's" new position as elementary guidance counselor for the Amherst ISD...


37 posted on 12/30/2003 11:55:04 AM PST by Stultis
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To: AnnaZ
Ensler's play has been featured -- sometimes with famous actresses -- all over the United States and at hundreds of college campuses. Last year an audience at Amherst College was treated to this feminist bacchanal, and one brave soul publicly complained. Writing in the student newspaper, Andrew Moin was stunned by a scene which "consisted of descriptions" of a teen-aged girl having sex with an older woman.

After this particular "monologue" -- called "The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could" -- finally stirred up controversy on college campuses (resulting in the firing of the token conservative columnist in a Georgetown University newspaper), Ensler made a minor change to the script. The woman character referring to (in retrospect) her alcohol-aided seduction at age 13 as "my surprising, unexpected and politically-incorrect salvation" was originally described by said character as "a good rape."

Here's a link to the slightly revised script. Barf Alert to the max.

38 posted on 12/30/2003 3:09:52 PM PST by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
They may not be great, they may not be the best form of schooling we could possibly give our children, but plenty of public school children grow up to be just fine.

And plenty do not.
The blame for pathetic shape of our once free republic can be laid at the feet of our public education monopoly and the parents who sent their children to be brainwashed and languish therein.

39 posted on 12/30/2003 11:27:21 PM PST by ppaul
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To: ppaul
Who is doing this? Is this precipitate fall from Grace?
40 posted on 12/31/2003 5:08:42 PM PST by tuesday afternoon
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To: AnnaZ
Don't forget: Eve Ensler was one of the consultants to Hillary!'s campaign for Senate, and Hillary wrote the foreword to a book of her most recent play. And while Eve Ensler didn't donate to the Clinton campaign, her mother -- Arvella Ensler of Longboat Key, FL (who, I remember discovering years ago, goes by the name "Chris") -- gave $1,000.

Eve was very active spreading her dough around in 2003, donating $10,250 to feminist candidates Barbara Boxer, Patty "Osama Mama" Murray, Barbara Mikulski, Blanche Lincoln, and Jan Schakowsky.

41 posted on 01/01/2004 5:52:37 PM PST by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: EdReform
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42 posted on 02/12/2004 7:13:17 PM PST by Coleus (Vote for Bush and Traditional Marriage; http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4205947/)
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